Srinagar, Oct. 21 -- Jammu and Kashmir authorities have sealed the Srinagar office of Kashmir Times, one of the region's oldest and most prominent English-language newspapers, the publication said on Tuesday. Political parties and journalists criticised the move, but the state's estates department said the premises were not being used as an office, but as a residence by the newspaper's employees.

The action came a week after a house allotted to Anuradha Bhasi, executive editor of the newspaper, in Jammu was re-allotted to the brother of a former legislator by the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department. "Today, Estates Deptt locked our office without any due process of cancellation & eviction, same way as I was evicted from a flat in Jammu, w...